But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.
Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
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"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)
Consistent pronunciation of names.
Khalad. The most practical and likeable character.
Pronunciation. The distinguishing voices attributed to characters didn't match the tone described in the story. In particular, Aphrael always sounded smug and insulting rather than roguish and loveable.
A good story, but butchered by narrator.
All in all, i enjoyed this book. the narrator wasn't the best, but not bad either. i purchased the second book and i'm about half way through, so far so good.I am looking forward to listening to the 3rd book.
College student, Mom and Grandma.
This book was one that I couldn't be distracted with. You will miss key points if you are not paying attention. The book is very good, the characters are almost real. Can't wait to finish the next book. Will the princess be ok?
A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......
I've lost coun't how many time I've read this book. Now the pleasure of listening. David Eddings brings his stories to life, with love. Sit back & enjoy this rolcking tale... but beware this is only book one!!! David does love his cliff hangers!!!
All of Eddings' epic fantasy work is dated now. It seems clichéd and trite. It would never get published by today's standards. Thing is, though, this stuff became a cliché for a reason: these are powerful ingredients. Eddings uses them masterfully.
The worldbuilding here is perhaps not as immersive as his Belgariad/Mallorean series, but the story is more mature and revolves around a battered yet formidable knight instead of a Chosen One farm boy (this will be relevant to you if you, like me, are tired of the Chosen One trope).
The key to enjoying Tolkien is to use your classic ear, not your modern ear. Tolkien wouldn't get published today, either (hello, Tom Bombadil), and so many of his elements seem like clichés now, too (elves and dwarves, le sigh). If you listen to him like you do Jim Butcher, you'll get bored... but if you listen to him as a classic, an exemplar, you can see why his books are still being read. Same goes for Eddings.
Superb! Engaging! Terrific!
The character personalities and the smart dialogue
It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...
I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction
This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.
I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.
I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.
Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.
It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.
There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.
David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.
to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.
feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.
I first encountered this story in the early 1990's, and have re-read it many times. It remains one of my favorite fantasy series. Sparhawk's quest to find the cure to his queen's illness is filled with entertaining characters, sufficiently vile antagonists, and plenty of suspense. There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, as well.
Anyone who is familiar with the Belgariad will recognize specific roles (comic relief / older advisor / young rogue, etc.) It's sort of fun to analyze the characters in comparison to the other series, trying to pinpoint how they correlate. There's a lot of overlap. There's also plenty similarity in the larger, over-arcing storyline - simple human (Garion / Sparhawk), powerful artifact (Aldur's orb / Bhelliom), and evil God (Torak / Azash). Anyone who enjoyed Eddings' earlier series will likely also enjoy this one (and its sequel).
While the narrator did a reasonable job, it was not easy to distinguish between different characters' voices. This could make conversations rather hard to follow. My other complaint with the audio version has to do with pronunciations. Having such a familiarity with the book has a few drawbacks, especially when it comes to my internal pronunciation of names, places, and so on. I was constantly jarred by oddly accented words here, a strangely pronounced name there. I would estimate that a good 50% of the names in the book were said differently than I had imagined them. I don't claim to be an expert on how David Eddings intended things to be pronounced, but it made it more difficult for me to enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. Others will likely have a different experience, but if you are wary of things like this or have previously read the book, I recommend listening to the sample audio clip, to see if you like the narrator.
"One of the Worst Audio Books I've Ever listened to"
Another Narrator. If I could give the Performance negative stars, I would have.
When I read the books, ( in printed form) many years ago, I liked most of the main characters, and all for different reasons. It would simply take too long to describe all the myriad qualities that made them so enjoyable. Unfortunately Mr Abby's performance rendered all the characters as flat and uninspired nonentities.
NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! I didn't believed that anyone could be worse than Cameron Beierle and Maggie Mash, I was wrong. Mr Abby should be banned from coming near any book, lest he destroy another well loved tale.
Not in the Audio version. I absolutely loved the printed version, and read the whole series many times, until I had to replace my copies, since they started to fall apart from frequent use.
Keep Greg Abby away from books, any books. I think a cordon of about twenty miles should work to keep him from ruining any others. I was appalled by his total lack of skill. His mispronunciations were bad enough but when he seemed to have trouble reading ordinary words, I just couldn't stand any more. I am absolutely devastated that The Belgariad, The Mallorean, and now The Elenium, have been so totally destroyed by dreadful narrators. These were among my favorite books and they have been utterly ruined. As an act of kindness to other listeners, I suggest that the books mentioned here be removed from circulation, and that they be reworked by other more skillful narrators. Might I suggest either Derek Perkins, Andrew Wincott or Kevin Stillwell.
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